Campaign opens the doors on domestic and family violence

Published Wednesday, 30 March, 2016 at 03:13 PM

Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

Bringing domestic and family violence out from behind closed doors is just one part of a new family and domestic violence campaign targeted towards Logan’s multicultural and multi-faith communities launched in Kingston today.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, and Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman said the Open Doors. Act Now. Break the Cycle DVD campaign would play a vital role in tackling domestic and family violence in Logan.

“Logan is a vibrant multicultural community. We must make sure we reach out and help victims of domestic violence in our community who may be facing additional language and cultural barriers,” Ms Fentiman said.

“This fantastic educational DVD, which will be delivered in eight predominate languages spoken here in Logan, will help victims of domestic violence understand how to ask for help, which services they can access as well as how the court systems work.

“I congratulate the local community and Queensland Police on their wonderful partnership in developing this resource, which will make a huge difference to many victims’ lives.

“I am proud the Queensland Government is throwing its support behind the Open Doors campaign and my Department has contributed $10,000 towards it.”

Acting Assistant Commissioner Terry Borland said this tailored response ensured the unique challenges experienced by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community members were appropriately addressed.

“To combat the complex issue that is domestic violence, we need to ensure the needs of all Queenslanders are met,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Borland said.

“The ability for those affected by domestic and family violence to understand their rights and how to access support is fundamental in the prevention and reduction of incidents of domestic violence in Queensland.

“Domestic violence often occurs behind closed doors, but through this DVD we hope to educate and encourage the CALD community to open their doors, report domestic violence to police and seek appropriate assistance.”

Logan is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Queensland with approximately 12.8% of the residents speaking a language other than English, which is higher than the state average of 9.8%.

In 2013–14, DVConnect’s Womensline responded to 53,313 phone calls in Queensland, of which 7.3% were from non-English speaking background women.



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